Saturday, 3 October 2009

Sofa dilemma and patchwrok crazy

We have 3 sofas from Ikea and some time ago I bought some new flowery covers, well last weekend they actually got onto the sofas and I adore them. They make the room feel light and fresh but they also gave me a dilemma...............

Our darling dog likes to sit next to us in the evening and she has not learnt to wipe her feet properly so I need to ensure we do not get muddy paw prints on the fab covers. I tried a red blanket.......
I also tried my crochet blanket folded nicely, but neither looked right...........

What I really needed was a patchwork throw that would tone in with the covers. As my sewing machine is packed away it would have to be hand sewn.....
Thank goodness I could still get to most of my fabric stash!

So here is the start of it - I used to love patchwork like this when I was a teenager and it has brought back happy memories of my sewing time with my grandmother.

I have made 300 patches, most of them different...

A mix of old and new, with some CK thrown in for good measure (thanks to a lovely shop assistant in London CK who let me have enough samples to make 35 patches!)

Can you find the Laura Ashley fabric from the 80's - this is left over from my original patchwork adventures!

I have also included fabric I bought in Australia and some special pieces sent by lovely friends on the SSC

Now talking of special friends I had emailed a friend from the SSC who runs a textile recycling centre to ask her if she had any scraps of vintage material she would sell to me. Heather left me gobsmacked when this arrived in the post today.

It needs finishing, but how fantastic is this.........

I have been lusting after some vintage patchworks on Ebay and now I have my very own.
I adore this roses patch

and this is so Cath Kidston dont you think?

The person who has made this had a wonderful eye for detail with her colour combinations, but this patch really made me smile - can you spot the odd one out?
How cure are these little fishes.......

The white patches really make the colours sing.

Do you think this was a lovely party dress in a former life?
And perhaps a special child had a outfit in this lovely print.......

The workmanship is stunning and the stitching is almost invisible.

So will this be another quilt for the dog - not on your Nelly this will take pride of place in my new master bedroom once the building is finished :-)
Can you tell I am in love with it!
Thank you Heather I will treasure it forever


  1. Hello!!

    My my what a beautiful quilt to be sent....I dream of owning one...maybe I could make one...!

    I'm sure the one you make for your sofa, will be brill...300 pieces....blimmy....I wonder how many it will take altogether!?


  2. What an amazing quilt - it is lovely! Your's looks like it is going to be lovely as well.

  3. love the sofa covers :)
    I am partial to a bit of hex patchwork - mum used to do it when I was young - I have a set of cushion covers she made me for my first home that I am considering turning into something else as the kids were starting to trash them....its also on my to do list (and as you know that is quite long!!)
    what a fab quilt from heather - you are right the white really does make the colours sing x
    ps watch out for mr postie on monday xxx

  4. Absolutely lovely - Heather is one of a kind. I'm so in love with the fabric she sent me. I love your own patchwork as well. x

  5. Loved your settees and quilts. Do you make the little hexagons by hand? or by machine? They look so neat.
    Blessings, Star

  6. Wow, how gorgeous is that? Good luck with your hand sewn quilt, I've had a hand sewn cactus basket quilt on the go for the past 12 years, must finish it one day, I won't be letting my dog on it though:)
    Yvonne x

  7. Stunning quilt , lucky you ! I love your new loungecover too .

  8. OOooh Mary those patches look gorgeous, cant wait to see how it looks when its finished, how do you have the patience? I'd love a project like that that you could just pick up whenever you fancy - good for cosy wintery nights, the quilt from Heather is absolutely lovely - you lucky lady! XX

  9. your patches look fab and 300!!! wow !
    thats a gorgeous quilt you have been sent how lovely !
    Lesley x

  10. Wow, what a wonderful and pretty post. lovely CTC and lucky mitmot, and the patches you have made look fabulous, well done :)

    Thanks for the tips on the heart, yes what a brilliant suggestion, I had never thought of doing it that way, now I better go and buy one of those magic pens ;)

    Hugs from your BH partner


  11. Lovely quilt. Lots of hours doing that. I know why I like squares, they can be sewn on the machine. It's really stunning.

  12. Blimey! aren't people just wonderful.

  13. wow, what a lovely patchwork you got yourself. Just found your blog and how lovely it is too.
    Rachael xx

  14. This is just so pretty and all hand-sewn too. How, if you intend to, will you quilt this? I love to patch but lose heart when it comes to the jam-sandwich and quilting bit.